Leibniz Prize winners 2007 announced

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The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) has announced the winners of its 2007 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize. At its meeting on 7 December 2006, the DFG Joint Committee named ten scientists and academics eight men and two women as recipients of Germanys most highly endowed research award. For the first time, the prize winners for 2007 will receive up to 2.5 million euros (previously: 1.55 million euros) and be able to use these funds flexibly over a period of seven years (previously: five years) to finance their research.

The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding researchers, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative duties, and make it easier for them to employ particularly qualified young researchers. Scientists and academics from any research area can be nominated for the prize. The DFG Nominations Committee considers the slate of candidates and selects researchers who can be expected to particularly advance their scientific achievements through this award. This years prize winners once again include several young researchers.

Todays announcement brings the total number of prizes awarded under the Leibniz Programme to 249. Of these, 54 recipients have been from the humanities, 70 from the life sciences, 89 from the natural sciences, and 36 from engineering. A total of 25 awards have gone to women.

Of 129 nominations received for the 2007 prize, the following ten researchers were selected: Prof. Dr. Jens Claus Brning (40), Endocrinology, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne (2.5 million euros)

With his research on the genetic manipulation of mice, Jens Claus Brning has pioneered a number of breakthroughs in molecular diabetes research. He has demonstrated the role of

Contact: Dr. Eva-Maria Streier
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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